Thursday, January 4, 2018

Jayson Tatum named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month

Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum turned in his best month of the season, thus earning the NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month honors for the month of December.

The 19-year-old standout averaged 14.6 points while shooting 52.9 percent from the floor along with six rebounds and one steal per game throughout the month. His 19-point performance against the Rockets stood out the most.

In what was arguably the most impressive win of the season, the Celtics overcame a 26-point deficit with Tatum as a key catalyst down the stretch. He's proven to be someone Boston can certainly rely on for consistent production and has blossomed into one of the league's most efficient 3-point shooters.

He's shooting 46 percent from behind the arc this season -- third-best in the NBA --which is an impressive feat for a player who is already halfway through his rookie campaign.

Tatum is the first Celtic to receive the honor since 2015, when Marcus Smart was recognized for the month of February.

Josue Pavon

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